“Tomorrow’s champions … today”. The slogan of the Bonifiglio Trophy, the tournament presented today at the Liberty Building which serves as the clubhouse of the Milan Alberto Bonacosa Tennis Club, is the same as ever, but this time Milan fans have to wait less than usual for a game. (Free) Future tennis tour. Because the 61st edition, which was occasionally played in July 2021, and the 62nd issue coming from 14th May, is almost ten months old and the twelve are not Canon: Good news for the public who can’t wait to crowd the TC Milano stand, but also for the organizers. Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition and the suspension in mid-summer next year, at “Bonacosa” they find their classic placement on the calendar next week at the BNL D’Italia in Rome internally.
A transfer of profound significance between the capital and Milan, due to the fact that the first edition of Italy’s most famous tournament was played directly on the grounds of Arimondi, who then congratulated the “practitioners” but retained the juniors. A leading position in the geography of the racket. Since then they have played a leading role in raising many big names of the future and in each edition they continue to write new pages of a success story. This year’s Junior Italian International Championships, as always in A grade (highest for ITF under 18), qualifiers begin on Saturday, May 14 and end with a singles final on Sunday, May 22, with FIT SuperTenniX on-demand content broadcast by the SuperTennis Channel and Web platform.
Another sign of a return to normalcy is an entry list that looks like a world tour, so much so that only one place among the players is guaranteed (between the main draw and qualifiers) with more than 50 countries represented, all continents. Eight top 10 registered, divided into male (3) and female (5). Among men, Peru’s Daniel Vallejo, led by Patrol in the world rankings n.2, Belgium’s Sophia Costulas occupies the same position among girls.Milanese is an old acquaintance of the public: he reached the quarter-finals in 2021 at the age of just 16 and will return as a finalist in charge of the Australian Open.
The check has also returned to Milan Nikola BartunkovaLast year’s finalist, but above all the defending champion Gonzalo Bueno, is looking for a historic Peruvian brace who managed only two players at Bonfiglio: Greek Nicholas Kalojeropolus (1964-1965) and Australian John Alexander (1969-1970). For Italy, none of our team is sure of a place in the main draw according to the correct rankings (the closest are Roman Danielle Minigini and Palermo Georgia Pedon), but there will be several in the race, both thanks to the wild. Cards, both qualifiers on the opening weekend.
Among the many flags appearing on the entry list, one of Ukraine’s may not be missing, to which an initiative has been attached. The Milan Tennis Club, in fact, wanted to meet with young Ukrainians five days before the start, offering full hospitality to members, free accommodation (thanks to the cooperation of the official Rafaello and Mirage hotels), free meals and courts. Them. Temperament
And that’s not all, an American coach who came to Italy with some students has already said that he is willing to train them again at no cost. A definite sign of a commitment that Bonfiglio is not only sporty, but also humane. Because – it should not be forgotten – even some successful young athletes still have teenagers behind them. It seems to be a duty to help them when there is conflict in their country.
Here are the words of Elena Buffa de Perero, President of Milan Tennis Club
“From 14 to 22 May we will see some of the most promising young players in the tennis world. We have come from a difficult year: in 2020 we had to give up and In 2021 we changed the date, but we proudly put the tournament on the calendar. “Now we’re glad to welcome future champions in the authentic week. The tournament will be held again in May.”
“The Milan Tennis Club has a history of more than 100 years, but it was from Alberto Bonacosa’s point of view that the idea of bringing an international tournament to Italy for the first time was born. So much so that we hosted the Internazionale d’Italia here when they were in their infancy. Today we are proud to meet young people who are already behaving like professionals, and even more so with a proven company that has its own complexities. In the current ATP and WTA rankings, look at how many champions have crossed over here, including the Italians. “
“This year we will live with a little more lightness without the limitations of the epidemic. At the same time, a thought could not fail to go to Ukraine, and this war which has an impact on the world of sports. In agreement with FIT and ITF, the club has decided to host boys from Ukraine, not only during the qualifiers, but also from the previous week. A small gesture that we hope will be significant for all of them. “
“Thanks to the municipality of Milan in the Lombardy region, to FIT president Angelo Binaghi, who renewed his support, and to the super tennis who promoted the tournament and made it accessible to the general public. Thanks to Connie and all the sponsors. “
Below is a speech by Gianni Milan, Deputy Vice President of the Italian Tennis Federation.
“I am renewing the greetings of FIT President Angelo Binaghi. It has always been exciting for me to be at the Milan Tennis Club, ever since I reached the Lambertengi Cup final, a memory that still haunts me today. For young people, the transition from TCM to Lambertenghi and Bonfiglio is essential: for those who want to follow the professional path, these two stages cannot be missed. The FIIT provides significant support to the club for the tournament. “
“This is a golden moment for Italian tennis. We are reaping the benefits of an Italian system that belongs to many, not just a few. These enthusiasts include club managers: it is no coincidence that Italy is one of the countries hosting the most international tournaments, the calendar is full every week between Challenger and ITF and it is also an advantage for our youngsters. We are a good team, people who work well and have passion. “
Gianni Milan, Deputy Vice President of the Italian Tennis Federation, in charge of the paddle sector
Antonio Rossi, Under-Secretary of the Presidency of the Lombardy Region, in charge of sports, 2026 Olympics and major events
“There are 62 editions of Bonfiglio and I have to congratulate the Milan Tennis Club because entering this hall allows you to breathe history and tradition. You feel the passion and excitement for this game. When we get the confirmation of the organization of the 2026 Olympic Games, we keep the DNA dossier of the Milanese Games, even at the organizational level. And Bonfiglio is part of these great events. Congratulations to the club for organizing an appointment like Emotion and Bonfiglio, respecting education for the youngest. I am not a tennis player, but like everyone else I am following this magical moment of Italian tennis and I am very happy to see him so healthy. “
Marco Riva, President of CONI Lombardia
“It’s always nice to be at the Milan Tennis Club, because there’s Italian and international excellence here. About a year ago, the club hosted the Connie National Council, which testified that there was a strong connection with the Olympic movement. CONI is to be commended by the president and staff of the Bonfiglio Trophy and by FIT for their commitment to the growth of tennis.
Enrico Cerutti, FIT President of the Lombardy Regional Committee
“I say it every year but this year I’m repeating it even louder: most of the great players of the future in the Bonfiglio Trophy came in the first round, so my advice to fans is not to wait for the last two days. To participate in the tournament, The latest example in this sense is Carlos Alcaraz, out in the 2nd round in 2019. A dutiful thank you to the organizers, because I know how much work needs to be done to create a similar event in this difficult time. Receives maximum approval from ITF “.